Arun Kolatkar (1932-2004) was born in the town of Kolhapur in the western Indian state of Maharashtra and attended the JJ School of Art in Bombay, the city in which he was to pursue a long and successful career as an art director in advertising. Jejuri
, published by a small press in 1976, received the Commonwealth Poetry Prize. Kolatkar was also the author of four volumes of poetry in Marathi. Two long-awaited further collections in English, Kala Ghoda Poems
and Sarpa Satra
, appeared shortly before his death.